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Initially launched as Emotion UI, Huawei EMUI is an Android-based custom user interface developed by Huawei for its mobile devices. On the other hand, EMUI’s re-branded version is called Magic UI and comes on Honor smartphones.

Huawei has been using this custom Android user interface since 2012 and soon it’ll unveil the 11th version of the EMUI. There’s a broad history of EMUI, so here you can check the complete bloodline fo the entire EMUI system.

EMUI History:


On December 30, 2012, Huawei introduced the first Huawei Mobile Operating System version, Emotion UI 1.0, which is based on Android 4.0. This version features voice assistant, customizable home screen and users can switch themes according to their preferences.

Huawei Ascend P1 was the first phone to get this software.

EMUI 3.0:

On September 4, 2014, Huawei switched the software name from “Emotion UI” to “EMUI” and launched EMUI 3.0 (Android 4.4 and above) along with Huawei Ascend Mate 7 at the pre-IFA event in Berlin.

Since then, this Android-based user interface called EMUI instead of Emotion UI. With this launch, Huawei also introduced its own App Store.

EMUI 4.0:

In 2015, Huawei launched EMUI 4.0 on Huawei Mate 8. This OS came with a redesigned interface based on Android 6.

EMUI 5.0:

In 2016, Huawei launched EMUI 5.0 with Huawei Mate 9 flagship.

Removed Firmware Images Support:

In 2017, Huawei removed ROM Images from the official website and shifted all users to over-the-air (OTA) updates.

EMUI 8.0:

In late 2017, Huawei skipped EMUI version 6.0 and 7.0 and jumped directly to EMUI 8.0 and pre-installed on Huawei Mate 10 series. The EMUI 8.0 is based on Android 8.

EMUI 8.1:

In Early 2018, Huawei launched EMUI 8.1 with Huawei P20 series, based on Android 8.1. It brought a new gaming performance feature called GPU Turbo. These new features and user interface changes.

EMUI 9.0:

At IFA 2018 event, Huawei introduced EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9. It brings new features such as a gesture navigation system, making the interface more reachable, reorganizing the settings menu, introducing Digital Balance dashboard, GPU Turbo 2.0. Huawei Mate 20 series was the first to come pre-installed with this EMUI version.

EMUI 9.1:

In Early 2019, Huawei launched the Huawei P30 series pre-equipped with EMUI 9.1, an update over the existing EMUI 9 but with more added features, such as GPU Turbo 3.0, EROFS file system, OneHope file sharing, Huawei CarKey, Phone Clone, AR Measure, and more.

This EMUI version has also improved the EMUI ecosystem.

EMUI 10:

On August 9, at Huawei Developer Conference 2019 (HDC 2019) Huawei launched EMUI 10 based on Android 10. With this version, Huawei reinvented the whole user interface and introduced a new Magazine style UI, Morandi color system, Golden Ratio icon, Colorful AOD, Redesigned Camera app layout, New fluid animation effects, and the most popular Dark Mode.

Huawei Mate 30 series was the first smartphones to come pre-installed with EMUI 10.0 but Huawei had already started EMUI 10.0 beta testing with the Huawei P30 series ahead of Mate 30 launching.

EMUI 10.1:

In early 2020, Huawei launched the Huawei P40 series with EMUI 10.1. This EMUI version has MeeTime calling, Multi-screen collaboration, Huawei share, Cast+ wireless projection, Sound Booster, Cross-Device Photo gallery, Celia Voice assistant, New Themes, Multi-Window Multi-Tasking, more improved security.

In April 2020, Huawei announced EMUI 10.1 beta program for Huawei P30 and Mate 30 devices, which later expanded to even more Huawei smartphones.

EMUI 11:

On September 10, 2020, Huawei announced EMUI 11, the version is based on Android 10 but the company said it’ll take some of the features from Android 11.

Initially, Huawei started EMUI 11 beta for Huawei P40, Mate 30, MatePad Pro series in China but the company has rushed ahead and opened the beta program for global customers.

Check the complete EMUI 11 round-up here.

Amy is our firmware and software specialist, she keeps her eagle eyes open for new software rollouts, beta programs, and other software related activities as well as new smartphone launch.


Huawei is yet to share EMUI 13 roadmap



Huawei EMUI 13

EMUI 13 beta kicked off for global users and it’s quite exciting but the roadmap of eligible Huawei devices is still awaited. While there’s no official news available on this matter.

In 2021, Huawei released EMUI 12 roadmap during the Asia pacific launch event but this year, there are no such plans revealed. Instead of the roadmap, Huawei opened the EMUI 13 beta for all Huawei P50, P50 Pro, P50 Pocket, and Mate Xs 2 foldable phones.

Unfortunately, the program is open for the Asia region but more users want to join the beta activity. Especially the European models are waiting for term to dive into the testing pool.

Despite the delay, we hope that the oldest set of devices may also get a slot into this EMUI 13 release program.

In the meantime, if you have a flagship phone, tune into the Beta app. From here open the “Me” section and then search for a new EMUI 13 beta project.

You need to sign up for the beta application and wait for the submission. Once submitted, you will be notified to download the OTA update package.

If the activity is not available on your phone, don’t worry, you will see the project after the beta opens in your country. Yet, we also suggest you keep an eye on the Beta application.

EMUI 13 Features:

EMUI 13 focuses on reinventing EMUI 12, this includes better security and privacy. This new software can review all of the data safety measures thanks to the new privacy center.

It has new options to allow or revoke permission, check the timeline for all of the user permission, and so on. You can also set new image privacy to hide the image meta information.

EMUI 13 also plays well around the user interface and there are many improvements made to features such as large folders and service widgets.

Huawei EMUI 13

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EMUI rolling for Huawei Mate 50 Pro



Huawei Mate 50 Pro

Huawei is rolling out EMUI for the Huawei Mate 50 Pro smartphone in the global market. This update is packed with lots of new features, optimizations, and improvements for this flagship phone.

According to the information, EMUI for Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes with new network improvements for certain situations. It has improvements in camera quality.

There are also new optimizations made for the audio quality of calls and games. On the flip side, the app has its own improvements for a better user experience.

Furthermore, Huawei has arranged new system stability optimizations that provide a performance boost for your smartphone.

According to the inputs, this upgrade integrates February 2023 security patch for the phone.

This is a big changelog for the Huawei Mate 50 Pro and the company is sending this to improve the phone’s performance in various scenarios. Also, if you have a Mate 50 Pro device, we suggest you get this version right away as soon as it appears.

The Mate 50 Pro is the first phone among all of the Huawei smartphones to get EMUI 13 but actually, it comes pre-installed. Since its launch, old phone users are waiting for a new major upgrade.

Recently, Huawei opened the beta program for a few flagships – P50 Pro, P50 Pocket, and Mate Xs 2 foldable phone. You should know that the latest EMUI 13 beta activity has limited slots and it’s available only for a region.

This new Huawei Mate 50 Pro update was released last week for global consumers and rolling out in batches. If your Mate 50 Pro has not received this firmware, make sure you get it via System settings.

EMUI Huawei mate 50 pro

(source – Huaweiblog)

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Huawei P40 Lite February 2023 EMUI update reaches Europe



huawei p40 lite

Huawei P40 lite is getting a new software update in Europe, which brings the latest security patches released in the month of February 2023. However, the phone users are also waiting for EMUI 13 roadmap to confirm their eligibility for the next major software update.

Huaweiblog reports that Huawei P40 Lite users are getting the February 2023 security update in Europe with build version and the OTA package size of 254 megabytes.

This is a staged rollout, and all of the P40 Lite users will get it gradually. Below you can check the complete changelog of this software release.

List of Changes

This update improves system security with security patches.


  • Integrates security patches released in February 2023 for improved system security.
    For more information on the security of Huawei’s EMUI system updates, visit the Huawei official website.

Notes on the update:

  • Your personal data will not be deleted by the update. However, we recommend that you back up important data before updating.
  • Charge your phone sufficiently.
  • The update package will be automatically deleted after the update is complete.
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